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BBC Sports Personality of the Year

By 20th December 2008Diary

I’ve been a fan of BBC Sports Personality of the Year ever since I can remember, so it was great to be invited and being there in person and watching the show unfold was fantastic.

It was a real honour to be named amongst the final 10 for the main award – just to be mentioned in the same breath as the most successful sportsmen and women of the year was brilliant. I really wanted to win, but the competition was so stiff that to be voted 3rd by the British public was a great honour and something I’ll always be proud of. It’s always very special when the public appreciate what you have achieved and it was a great moment to be standing on the main stage at the end of the show alongside Chris Hoy and Lewis Hamilton with my trophy. I was also thrilled that Chris came first – not only did he massively deserve it but for an Olympian to be recognised was something the whole of Team GB could be proud of.

All my family came with me, which just made the whole thing even better. They all really enjoyed the experience, especially Chloe, my eldest sister, who had a great time at the after show party chasing round the stars getting autographs!

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